Space History Photo: Cernan Driving the Rover
The Apollo 17 mission commander checks out the rover prior to loadup.
Credit: Harrison H. Schmitt.

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, Apollo 17 mission commander, makes a short checkout of the Lunar Roving Vehicle during the early part of the first Apollo 17 extravehicular activity (EVA-1) at the Taurus-Littrow landing site. This view of the "stripped down" Rover is prior to loadup.

This photograph was taken by Geologist-Astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt, Lunar Module pilot. The mountain in the right background is the East end of South Massif.

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